Many cat owners become a bit concerned when a vet visit is on the schedule. After all, cats can be finicky and may bring out their claws and that can be painful for anyone around a cat once they start scratching. However, your cat needs vet trips to stay healthy. Getting there and remaining calm is simpler with any of the suggestions here.
Set Out the Carrier
Like a lot of cat owners, you may keep the carrier out of sight somewhere. This isn't wise, as the cat will never become used to it. When you pull it out, they'll know it's for a vet trip and avoid being cajoled into entering.
To really prepare the cat for a trip like that, your efforts may take a matter of weeks. Every so often, put the carrier near a favorite spot of your cat's. Then put an old tee or treat into the carrier and allow your cat to wander inside it. It's important that you never pressure them into walking into the carrier; you only want to show them that it can be comfortable enough to use for trips.
Drive Them on Short Trips
Once they no longer fear the carrier, it's time to get them to your vehicle. Short car trips are a chance to show that there's no reason to be tense while riding around. Therefore, drive them up the street and return home at first. Try a bit more time periodically until you're up to the vet's office, but don't necessarily enter at an unscheduled time.
Avoid Removing Them from the Carrier
After you arrive in the vet's waiting room, you may want to hold your kitty while you await the veterinarian. However, this is problematic. For one thing, loud and unusual animals and noises could make them very scared and the carrier can serve as their own protected space. In addition, if a large dog should bark at the cat or otherwise seem threatening, your cat might scratch you accidentally because they're afraid. Let them relax as much as they can before you take them in to be seen.
Ask for Medication
If your cat can't seem to shake discomfort whenever there's a vet visit, it may be time to get the vet to help. They can usually prescribe a minor anxiety medication to protect your furry friend.
Cats can feel better about the vet experience with these tips. Contact a cat veterinarian for more information.